So Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII is out in Japan, and Gackt takes the cover of this week’s Famitsu. Famitsu does not review the game, which is okay. I can tell you with reasonable certainty that they’re going to give it four nines in next week’s issue. Don’t ask how I know that. There is a chance that one of the nines will be bumped up to a ten as the editors actually play the game and discover how horrible it is, meaning that people will undoubtedly love it, and hate Famitsu for not giving it at least one ten. That’s top secret info — keep that on the down-low, dear reader.
This week’s Famitsu contains a wonderful poster of Gackt, which has two sides — one of him wearing a really nice jacket, and one of him trapped inside that really tacky outfit he has to wear in Dirge of Cerberus. I’d love to scan the cover and show you the badass outfit he’s wearing; I cannot, however. You know. Famitsu would have our balls if I did that. So there’s what Gackt looks like in-game. It’s public domain. Pause and reflect on that photo up there a bit.
I wrote a little bit about Gackt in my column on Next-Gen.biz today, mostly because the Japanese games industry isn’t really doing anything at the moment. You can go check it out. There’s a little bit more in there. If you can, try to click through every page at least fifty times, even if you don’t read it. I’m getting paid to write it, and they might fire me if it looks like no one’s reading it. HONKING
As for Dirge: I kind of like it in spite of its horror. I haven’t met Gackt yet in it. If you’ll check the link above, you’ll get cryptic hints about how Gackt was inserted into the game’s 3D engine using “multiple tens of retakes of multiple scenes using multiple cameras.” Do check it out. I mean, it’s a little chilling. I really can’t wait to see how well he’s implemented in here. I really hope it looks better than the blinking digitized faces on the characters in Siren 2. They could be onto something. The age of CG-worship might be coming to a close. Then again, Gackt is a man who aspires to . . . look like a CG model, so . . . uh.
In closing, yes, Gackt’s song in Dirge of Cerberus is actually really good. It doesn’t have the Really Irritating Two-minute Bridge In The Middle (TM Gackt 1999). It’s got actual electric guitar and everything. We never stopped believing in you, Gackt — except for those, uh, four years there.
Also in the column is bizarre news about Bobby Orogon, the K-1 fighter whose likeness will be used in the PlayStation2 release of New Power Instinct Matrimelee, which will be released on February 23rd, 2006. Check out the column for information on why you should contact your favorite importer as soon as possible to ensure your copy of this game before it becomes a collector’s item. Haha! Now you have to read it!! Go!!